Aug 21, 2015byBurlington, Rio Grande and Western Pacific Railroads
The Burlington Route, Rio Grande, and Western Pacific Railroads produced this tourism promotional film in the 1950's to highlight the California Zephyr luxury train, running between Chicago and San Francisco. The California Zephyr (the CZ, or "Silver Lady") was a passenger train operated by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q), Denver & Rio Grande Western (D&RGW) and Western Pacific railroads, all which dubbed it "the most talked about train in America" on... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: railroad, train, California, locomotive, transportation
This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This Kriegsmarine film shows the cruise of the German warships Gneisenau and Blucher in the North Atlantic in 1939 and 1940. These two ships were to be part of what Adolph Hitler hoped would be a new German Navy that would challenge Britain's mastery of the sea. The cruiser Blucher would be sunk just a short time after the film was made, in 1940 during the invasion of Norway. The... ( 2 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
Made in 1966, this rarely seen documentary "Today, Tomorrow and Titan III" shows the U.S. Air Force and NASA's activities and research. The Manned Orbiting Laboratory space station concept, put forward as part of an initiative to militarize space under the auspices of the USAF, is touched upon. Research efforts with lifting bodies (which might be used to resupply the MOL) including the M2-F1 and high speed aircraft including the X-15 rocket plane are shown at Edwards Air Force Base... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Manned Orbiting Laboratory, NASA, NASA Drydena, North American X-15, Lifting Body, Rocket plane
Dating to the 1960s, this IBM produced film tells the story of the George D. Roper Corporation, a manufacturer of gas and electric stoves, and how its business was transformed by high tech data management. The film features IBM's Clyde Janson, who helped install IBM's 402 and 602 computers at Roper in 1958. Also shown are O56 Verifiers and O52 Keypunch, 557 interpreter, 519 reproducer, O83 and O84 sorter, and O88 Collator, and the processing system. The computer being used is the 1401,... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: IBM, History Of Computing, Computers, Data Processing, Data, Technology, Punch Cards, Punch Card...
A scenic cruise along the Hudson and the East River in New York is used to discuss the history of the U.S. Navy, from its earliest era to the present. Features footage of the SS United States, RMS Queen Mary, the Statue of Liberty and the United Nations. Also contains shots of the fighting ship USS Constitution, known as "Old Ironsides". ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
A history of the early days of Naval aviation, Wings of the Fleet was made in the mid-1920s. Includes footage of the battleship USS Texas as it became the first warship to launch an aircraft in 1919, early blimp and dirigible tests, and experiments with amphibious aircraft. Some of the craft shown include the dirigible ZR-1, the Shenandoah, the Los Angeles, and the C-7. Seaplanes featured include the PN-9 and the record-breaking NC-4. Various famous aviators are in the film include speed record... ( 2 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy Publicity Film
This movie is about the USS Tunny (SS-282) and the procedure she helped pioneer -- firing the Regulus missile. The Regulus was the world's first nuclear cruise missile, and a stop-gap weapon that served the Navy until the arrival of the Polaris weapon system. The Gato-class USS Tunny served three years in the Pacific during WWII, and was brought back into service in 1953 to assist in the development of the Regulus missile system. The U.S. strategy at this time, was to prevent an all out nuclear... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
Profiles the role of the U.S. Navy's hardhat divers, and shows the various systems used to support their operations. This film includes footage of re-compression chambers and diver support equipment. The special men of honor who served as the Navy's hardhat divers during WWII salvaged lost equipment, repaired ships at sea and in the harbor, and served in many other important capacities. ( 2 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
Made in 1942 and shot in color, "The Battle of Midway" is John Ford's masterpiece of documentary filmmaking. Featuring voice overs by Donald Crisp, Henry Fonda, and Jane Darwell, the film includes material shot by Ford himself during the Japanese bombardment of Midway. John Ford's handheld, 16mm footage of the battle was captured totally impromptu. He had been in transit on the island, roused from his bunk by the sounds of the battle, picked up his camera and began shooting. Ford was... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
Made in 1944 and shot in color, The Fighting Lady is a documentary / propaganda film produced by Twentieth Century Fox for the U.S. Navy. The plot of the film revolves around the life of seamen on board the second USS Yorktown (CV-10) - "the Fighting Lady". The film includes footage of combat in the Marcus Islands, the attack on Truk in the Carolines,and the famous Marianas 'turkey shoot'. Directed by Edward Stiechen and narrated by Charles Boyer and Robert Taylor. ( 2 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
This German propaganda newsreel was part of a a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII. This film celebrates the launching of Germany's new navy, including the super battleship Bismarck in 1939 and a never-completed aircraft carrier, the Graf Zeppelin in 1938. Grand Admiral Erich Raeder and Adolph Hitler can be seen at the christening of Graf Zeppelin at Kiel. Also featured in this newsreel is footage of the construction of U-boats and the launch of a completed boat. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Newsreel.
This 1945 Technicolor film was shown to Navy veterans in the aftermath of WWII. Intended to refocus the men who had lived through such horror, and who had trained to live by the sword, the film attempts to remind the viewer of the goals achieved by the conflict. This film may owe its existence to a very real fear that returning veterans would not be able to re-integrate into society; but such worries proved groundless. James Vincent Forrestal, the last Cabinet-level United States Secretary of... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This film celebrates the German U-boats, and especially the sinking of the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous by submarine-launched torpedo. Adolf Hitler is seen decorating a U-boat crew. Featured submarines: Type IX (9) U-boats U-38 and U-37. ( 3 reviews ) Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
Made to promote flight deck safety, this Vietnam era film features footage shot aboard USS Forrestal (CVA-59). It was made in 1967, the same year that the ship suffered a terrible fire that cost 134 lives. It is unclear whether the film predates the fire, or was made in its wake. The USS Forrestal (CV-59) superseded Shinano of World War II vintage as the largest aircraft carrier ever built by full load displacement and was the first to specifically support jet aircraft. The ship was... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. In this film, the Battle of The Atlantic is seen from the German perspective as Kreigsmarine U-boats converge for a wolfpack patrol, hunting Allied merchant ships. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. Shows naval actions in World War I (WWI), including the German High Fleet engaging the British Royal Navy at Jutland. Contains actual combat footage of German warships firing upon and sinking a British battlecruiser which then capsizes. Footage also includes Zebrugge, Scapa Flow and Firth of Forth. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: World War I (WWI) German Newsreel.
This historic U.S. Navy film was made in the wake of the disastrous kamikaze attack and fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin in 1945, specifically to provide naval ship architects insight into the structural damage endured by the ship during the incident. According to a truncated card at the head of the film, this forensic examination of the damage was made in hopes that future carriers might be made more resistant to damage. USS Franklin (CV/CVA/CVS-13, AVT-8), nicknamed "Big... Topics: USS Franklin, Aircraft Carrier, Kamikaze, U.S. Navy, Honshu, Essex Class Aircraft Carrier, World...
Created in the 1940s by Encyclopedia Brittanica, this fascinating travelogue and educational film showcases Western China including Nanking. It is narrated by O.J. Caldwell, who taught at the University of Nanking prior to the Japanese invasion.The film contains unique footage of the Sichuan basin (called "the valley" in the film) and some city scenes shot in Chengdu. The narrator describes the Sichuanese as "people who in time of peace have pursued their placid ways close to... Topics: Western China, China, Bamboo, Nanking, Chengdu
Made by Australia's National Film Board in 1951, "North to the Sun" shows a tourist view of Far North Queensland. It investigates what underpins the tropical north and discovers it is more than just a holiday destination. It is a place where jungle has given way to the cultivation of sugar cane and tobacco, and where prosperous communities of Australians have proved that the Australian tropics are a pleasant place to live in and that industry is generously rewarded there. Produced... Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Australia, Travel Literature, Tobacco, Queensland, Cairns
This U.S. Navy newsreel shows Commander William Anderson of the nuclear powered submarine Nautilus, being greeted at the White House by President Eisenhower. During the period 22 July 1958 to 5 August 1958, U.S.S. Nautilus transited the Arctic Ocean from the Bering Sea to the Greenland Sea, becoming the first vessle in history to pass submerged beneath the geographic North Pole. Topic: U.S. Navy Publicity Film
This rare silent film shows a trip down the Rhine River in Germany made in the 1930s by freighters and passenger ships, including a sidewheel vessel. Some terrific scenery is shown in the course of the film including castles, mountains and cities. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD and 2k. For more... Topics: Rhine, Events Preceding World War II Europe
This educational film by Boeing Aircraft, "Wings of Glass", shows how the company uses innovative techniques to use glass, fiberglass and other glass and plastic composite materials to produce lighter, stronger aircraft components. The Boeing 727 and 747 aircraft are shown, as well as the assembly lines in which highly skilled workers painstakingly create many of the aircraft components by hand and using precision machinery. The honeycomb structure of many internal components is... Topics: Boeing 727, Boeing 747, Boeing, Aircraft, Fiberglass, Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Construction,...
During a glamorous career as the ocean liner USS Manhattan, the Manhattan plied the Atlantic sea lanes between Europe and the USA. It carried the U.S. Olympic team including Jesse Owens and Glenn Cunningham to Germany in 1936. During WWII, the ship was rechristened the USS Wakefield (AP-21) and placed into service by the U.S. Coast Guard as a troop ship. Its wartime service was spent transporting tens of thousands of American soldiers to the battlefront. Wakefield's career was star crossed, as... Topic: U.S. Navy Propaganda Film
This historic WWII Marine Corps. newsreel shows the activities of the USMC in the early stages of American involvement in the war. The newsreel starts with a segment showing Marines in Iceland keeping an eye out for German aircraft. The Marines are also shown parading for relief funds in New York City. The retirement ceremony is shown for Quartermaster Sgt. Frank W. Wright. The film ends with President Franklin Roosevelt speaking in front of a joint session of Congress, paying tribute... Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, US marines, War, Iceland
This 1940s film shows Dodge Motors contributing to the WWII war effort, and shows the company's command cars and trucks that are being used throughout the world as part of the armed forces. While Dodge's defense activities take priority, the company is still putting out some cars based on 1941 designs. Famed stunt driver Jimmie Lynch is shown behind the wheel of one of these new cars, showing how the car and its Powerflow engine being put through its paces. Lynch drives it up a flight of... Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Dodge, Jimmie Lynch, Death Dodgers, Lucky Teter, Automobile
This short segment from an Air Force news magazine shows some of the airplanes at the Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, including the B-29, B-36, and B-52 bombers. It is hosted by Capt. Bill Cole, an assistant safety engineer on the B-1 bomber.This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD and... Topics: United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
"Reunion in Berlin" was made to document events in July. 1951, when 200 to 300.000 Christians -- many of them under real risk of being persecuted by the Communists who embraced atheism -- rallied in Berlin to worship Christ. The rally included residents from East and West Berlin. That same year major Communist Youth rallies occurred in the East. It appears that the rally occurred in the Olympic stadium used in the 1936 games.This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one... Topics: Cold War, East Berlin, West Berlin, Germany, Lutherans, Christians, Communism, WWII, 1951
This terrific 1930s tour of the Seychelles, Zanzibar, Tanzania, and Mombasa, Kenya is full of many colorful images including the Muslim Ramadam festival, and African elephants. The narration includes a wide-ranging condemnation of the Ivory Trade. It was made by James A. Fitzpatrick whose "Travel Talks" series was a mainstay of the newsreel era. This particular print was intended for home use by a family who owned a movie projector. Seychelles officially the Republic of... Topics: Zanzibar, Seychelles, Mombasa, Travelogue, Ivory Trade, Elephants, Cote D'lvoire, Tanzania, Kenya,...
Made in 1944, "Curiosity Killed a Cat``is a training film with a difference. It's a graphic explanation of what happens when soldiers discover unexploded shells and decide that duds would make terrific souvenirs. While the ensuing explosions aren`t exactly laugh-getters, the interaction between the scolding sergeant and his incredibly stupid subordinate, who delights like a child at each unexploded round, is practically a Three Stooges routine.This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC... Topics: Army, Unexploded ordnance, United States Army, World War, WW2, WWII, World War II
This WWII aircraft identification film shows the German Ju-52 transport aircraft, one of the Luftwaffe's most important troop carriers. This film was intended to be used by pilots and also anti-aircraft artillery crews, aircraft spotters and air raid wardens. Animated segments of the film were likely created by either the Walt Disney or Warner Bros. animation studios as part of their contribution to the war effort. The Junkers Ju 52 (nicknamed Tante Ju ("Aunt Ju") and Iron... Topics: JU-52, Junkers Ju 52, Aircraft, World War II, Luftwaffe
Created in the 1960s as the helicopter came into maturity as a transportation method, this fascinating Sikorsky film promotes the use of 'copters to supplement the transportation system and use the broad highway in the sky -- to reduce traffic congestion on the highways and eliminate gaps in efficiency. Chicago and Honolulu are shown -- where helicopters perform critical taxi service -- as well as cities in Europe where helicopters have been employed with great success. A large portion of the... Topics: Disney, Los Angeles, helicopter, IBM 402 Computer
Created by the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII, this training film provides an overview of the parachute types used by aviators and paratroops. Design, construction and testing of parachutes are described, as well as proper handling and packing by riggers. (A parachute rigger is a person who is trained or licensed to pack, maintain or repair parachutes. A rigger is required to understand fabrics, hardware, webbing, regulations, sewing, packing, and other aspects related to the building,... Topics: parachute, paratroop, silk, rigger, WWII, training film
Starting with vistas of the Empire State Building and then the interior of the "Finland House" design studio and store in Manhattan, this Pan Am travelogue presents a beautiful overview of the nation as it appeared in the 1950s. A Boeing Stratocruiser flies the trans-Atlantic route -- with lobster tail served along the way. The film includes terrific views of Helsinki, with its government buildings, churches, art and sculpture, and bustling downtown with its trolley cars / trams... Topics: Pan American World Airline, Finland, Airline, 1950's, Boeing Stractocruiser, Ceramics, Helsinki,...
This WWII silent educational film was apparently prepared for viewing by civilians. We haven't deciphered the inter titles but the plot appears to be about the use of sand in fire fighting efforts. A bag of sand is shown to be extremely useful in the event that an incendiary device lands on an apartment building, and so people were encouraged to have one close at hand along with other fire fighting tools. Blackout curtains are also seen in the film, along with a frame (seen at about the 6... Topics: Air Raid Shelter, World War II, incendiary Device, Bomb, Film, Civil Defense
In 1958, Pan Am Airlines inaugurated a new service to London from the USA: Flight 1000. This was the first jet airline service to Europe by Pan Am. This film commemorates that flight and the preparations which led up to it. Features a Boeing 707 aircraft which, it is noted, has a longer wing span than the entire distance of the Wright Bros. first flight. The "Jet Age" had truly arrived.This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military,... Topics: Pan Am, 707, Jet Age, Boeing Aircraft, stewardess, transatlantic, jet, passenger plane
This 1950s film shows the laying of anti-tank and anti-personnel mines by soldiers of the U.S. Army. Procedures are shown including posting of guards around the mine field area during the laying procedure, and proper recording of mine locations. Various mine types are shown including mines placed under boards, grenade-based push type mines, and more. There is also discussion of how boundary and M-3 mines are used in tactical conditions. We encourage viewers to add comments and,... Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Mine Field, Mines, Anti-personnel Mine, Land Mine
Created by Fairchild Hiller to sell the Turbo Porter aircraft, this industrial film gives a great overview of the plane and shows it in various roles including as a military platform. The Pilatus PC-6 Porter is a single-engined Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) utility aircraft designed by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. First flown in 1959, the PC-6 continues in production at Pilatus Flugzeugwerke in Stans, Switzerland. It has been built in both piston engine and turboprop powered versions... Topics: Fairchild, Turbo Porter, STOL, aircraft, CIA, AU-23A, Peacemaker, turboprop, Pilatus Aircraft
Produced and directed by Jerry Hill, this fascinating industrial film shows the use of specialized cameras in the space and missile development program. The film shows footage shot with high speed, slow motion cameras, as well as with lenses developed to overcome the great distance and speeds presented by missile and rocket launches. Shots are shown from a Roti camera, which features a 24 inch telescope with a 500 inch focal length capable of using 35 or 70mm film. Footage is shown from... Topics: Titan Missile, Cape Canaveral Air Force, Missile Launch, Rocket, Missile defense agency, Cape...
1966, this rarely seen documentary "Today, Tomorrow and Titan III" shows the U.S. Air Force and NASA's activities and research. The Manned Orbiting Laboratory space station concept, put forward as part of an initiative to militarize space under the auspices of the USAF, is touched upon. Research efforts with lifting bodies (which might be used to resupply the MOL) including the M2-F1 and high speed aircraft including the X-15 rocket plane are shown at Edwards Air Force Base and the... Topics: Manned Orbiting Laboratory, paragliding, Lifting Body, NASA, NASA Dryden, North American X-15, M2-51
Produced by California National, FLIGHT was a much beloved aviation TV show that unfortunately only ran for one season 1958-1959 (38 episodes total). Featuring dramatic stories from the annals of the U.S. Air Force, the series starred Gen. George C. Kenney. California National also produced SILENT SERVICE, a wonderful drama about submarines. In this episode based on events in February of 1945, the R-4 helicopter piloted by James A. Brown is used to rescue an injured soldier in the... Topics: Helicopter, Flight TV Show, 1950's, Sikorsky Aircraft, Sikorsky R-4
This silent German educational film shows the construction of a Bücker Bü 181 Bestmann aircraft, one of the Luftwaffe's standard training airplanes throughout WWII. The prototype Bü 181 (D-ERBV) made its maiden flight in February 1939 with Chief Pilot Arthur Benitz at the controls. After thorough works and official flight testing by the Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM) the Bü 181 was nominated to be the standard primary trainer for the Luftwaffe. Series production of the Bü 181... Topics: Bucker Flugzeubagbau, BU 181 Bestmann, Bucker BU 131, Rangsdorf, World War II, trainer Aircraft,...
Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 26 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis. In this episode "The Road Back: New Guinea" Crusade in the Pacific examines the difficult New Guinea campaign. The... Topics: World War II, New Guinea, Pacific Campaign, Crusade In The Pacific, 1942, Douglas, Pacific Ocean,...
Hosted by Bob Cosidine, "You and Me and the SST" is a publicity film made by the Boeing Company to promote the Supersonic Transport (SST) project, a rival to the British Concorde. The focus of the film is on having an American-made supersonic aircraft that will employ aerospace workers, and create other opportunities for up to 150,000 people nationally. This film was likely shown to Congress and other decision makers, since Boeing was receiving government subsidies for the SST... Topics: Supersonic Transport, Boeing, Flight Test, Bob Considine, 1970's, Boeing 747, Concorde
Made during the time of Hitler's Third Reich, this silent educational film (made to have a script read over it while it played) shows the varying borders of Western Germany during the period 1871- 1935, including after the Treaty of Versailles in 1918. Doubtless part of the idea and motivation behind this film was to demonstrate to the German people that many "Germanic peoples" were living in other parts of Europe nearby, and that Germany deserved to be a bigger state than it was... Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Germany
Made in 1940, this U.S. Coast Guard film shows the Cadet Cruise made by the USCG's class of 1940. The USCG cutter Bibb was deployed to South America with the cadets on board, and visits made to a variety of Central and South American ports. A transit of the Panama Canal is made, and Lima and Santiago visited along with Cartagena. Bibb is quite a storied sip. Built in 1936, the USCGC Bibb (WPG-31) was a 327-foot (100 m) Secretary-Class (also known as "Treasury Class") Coast Guard ship... Topic: U.S. Coast Guard recruiting film.
Created in the late 1940s, "The Atlantic Story" profiles the history of the Atlantic Refining Company, aka Atlantic Petroleum, with its headquarters at 260 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia. Atlantic Petroleum's red, white and blue service stations were seen in many Eastern states in this era. Atlantic was a direct descendant of the Standard Oil Trust and one of the companies that merged with Richfield Oil to form ARCO, now part of BP. After an unsuccessful spinoff from ARCO,... Topics: petroleum, oil, gasoline, Atlantic Petroleum, oil refinery, Pennsylvania, Standard Oil
Made by the Ladish Forging Company in the 1960s, this industrial film shows the company's forging process and the contributions the company made to developing pressure vessels for use on board U.S. missiles and rockets. The die-forged closures with integral outlets, with a body of rolled seamless rings, produced a highly dependable missile body. Ladish remains a leading producer of highly engineered, technically advanced components for the jet engine, aerospace and general industrial... Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage
This extremely rare silent film shows prototype tires created by the Martin Tire Company for use in combat on Jeeps and trucks. The "elastic spoke" tires used no air, instead carrying all the vehicle's load in tension. Tests appeared to indicate that the tires functioned well in various conditions and provided improved braking characteristics and shock absorption for the driver. Information about this tire is rare but the patent for the tires, US 2331212 A, indicates that they... Topics: Jeep, World War II, Tires, Willy's Jeep, Experimental, Automobile, Military, U.S. Army, Michelin,...
Celebrating the 50th year of the Langley Research Center, this NASA film highlights the many innovations and discoveries made from 1917 through 1967. Langley Research Center (LaRC) is the oldest of NASA's field centers, located in Hampton, Virginia, United States. It directly borders Poquoson, Virginia and Langley Air Force Base. LaRC focuses primarily on aeronautical research, though the Apollo lunar lander was flight-tested at the facility and a number of high-profile space missions have... Topics: NASA, Apollo program, President John F. Kennedy, NACA, Space race, VTOL, landing gear test